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Wed, Jun 13, 2018
Source: History Today

On this day in 1966, the Supreme Court hands down its decision in Miranda v. Arizona, establishing the principle that all criminal suspects must be advised of their rights before interrogation. Now considered standard police procedure, “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can, and will, be used against you in court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford one, one will be [...]

Tue, Jun 12, 2018

A portrait of Sir Francis Drake recently identified by the wart on his nose is going up for auction at Bonhams' July 4th Old Master sale in London. Portraits of Drake painted from life are extremely rare. The wart doesn't appear in later works and reproductions. Its presence on this work marked the sitter as Drake himself (it had been misidentified as his partner and rival Sir John Norreys) and [...]

Tue, Jun 12, 2018
Source: The History Blog

On this day in 1987, in one of his most famous Cold War speeches, President Ronald Reagan challenges Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down” the Berlin Wall, a symbol of the repressive Communist era in a divided Germany.

In 1945, following Germany's defeat in World War II, the nation's capital, Berlin, was divided into four sections, with the Americans, British and French controlling [...]

Mon, Jun 11, 2018

Seven hundred years after it was built, Westminster Abbey's eastern triforium has opened to the public for the first time. Soaring 52 feet above the Abbey floor, the gallery provides a one-of-a-kind view of the cruciform architecture of nave and apse, the Great West Door, the shrine of Edward the Confessor, and my personal obsession, the Cosmati Pavement in front of the Grand Altar whose intricate geometry is best appreciated [...]

Mon, Jun 11, 2018
Source: The History Blog

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